My first book to be published is printed and ready for order. You can order it directly from the publisher and received a 20% discount off the retail price. The book will be available as an e-book and through local bookstores, Amazon and other services in the next 3-6 weeks.
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“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” (Mark 1:9–15 NRSV)
The Empire Strikes Back?
There are many kinds of kingdoms that have been announced.
All with their heralds, some wielding guns, or wielding knives, and some even wielding Death Stars, and others – like this one we’ve just read about – comes bearing nothing more than a handful of short stories, and teachings and demonstrations of love.
I don’t know about you but Jesus announcing what he calls “the kingdom of God” stretches my imagination to the breaking point.
What is “the kingdom of God” exactly?
Part of the problem is that we don’t have a lot references for Kingdoms today, besides Downtown Abbey I think we’re out of luck. Continue reading Is the Empire Striking Back? (Mark 1)
The book cover is in so that means that we’ve very close to printing! Stay tuned.
You can also visit the book page for more information.
These are the sketchnotes from my recent message “The Nursery of Truth” based on John 15.
I’ve been using this much larger size of paper and loving how much I can fit onto one page. I like this approach because it helps to get the whole picture. Once I have this done I begin writing. It doesn’t always turn out like the sketchnotes but they certainly help to guide the writing process.
From the very beginning of the Quaker movement, Friends have liked asking questions. Part of this is because they got rid of the creeds, and something need to take their place.
So they used queries.
We could have t-shirts made up that says something like “The church of questions.”
(Q:) What do you think of that? Wouldn’t that be interesting?
It’s like being in a classroom within one of those really annoying teachers and you raise hand to ask a question “Professor, what is Paul’s anthropology?” And the professor responds back, “Well Johnny, what do you think it is?”
It’s hard to get answers out of someone like that.
George Fox was famous for saying, “the apostles say this, and the priest say that, but what canst thou say?”
For Quakers, the purpose of queries is to help spur on the growth of truth in our lives and meetings. Continue reading The Nursery of Truth (John 15)
This is a third post in a series of reflections on the nature of dialogue and transformation, or “convers(at)ion” as I am referring to it as for a little playfulness (see a and b).
These are some ideas of how we try to inhabit some of the ideas of conversations/conversions within our faith community specifically around our dialogue with scripture.
Invite the congregation to reflect throughout the week on the upcoming text
I got started doing this very early on at Camas Friends (almost 6 years ago). I think I stole the idea from my friend Jason M. but I’m not sure where it came from now. But basically I send the text out on Tuesday or Wednesday so people can reflect on it the rest of the week. Continue reading Convers(at)ions in Community: On Creating Space for Dialogue Around the Sermon